Posted at: 04/10/2014 4:11 PM
Updated at: 04/10/2014 6:17 PM
Bishop Edward Scharfenber smiles after being installed as the leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Rev. Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger of New York City has been ordained as the 10th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Albany.
Hundreds of white-robed priests and bishops from across New York and New England attended the Ordination Mass at the gothic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception near Albany's capitol complex Thursday afternoon.
Scharfenberger was appointed by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Howard Hubbard, who was the longest-tenured bishop of a single diocese in the nation when he resigned on Oct. 31, when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. He served 37 years.
Scharfenberger, who is 65, has held a number of parish and administrative positions in New York City.
The Albany diocese has about 330,000 parishioners in 14 counties.
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